The Paramount Chief of the Offinso Traditional Area in the Ashanti Region, Offinsohene Nana Wiafe Akenten III is ‘hot’ as the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) is probing him over the embezzlement of over 18.5 billion and 4.5 billion old Ghana Cedis allegations leveled against him.
The Concern Citizens of the Offinso Traditional Area who leveled these allegations against the Offinsohene expressed their deepest distress at the scrupulous manner in which the Paramount Chief of the Offinso Traditional Area, Nana Wiafe Akenten III is taken the citizens of the area for granted.
The Concern Citizens of Offinso on 14th May 2018 petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin A.B.K Amidu to prosecute the Offinsohene but in a letter dated 28th May 2018, the Mr. Amidu redirected the petitioners to the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO).
According the Special Prosecutor, the office purely deals with corruption or corruption related transactions or offenses.
The Concern Citizens of Offinso based on the Special Prosecutor’s advised petitioned the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) praying the office to investigate the Offinsohene Nana Wiafe Akenten III for an alleged embezzlement of billions of Ghana Cedis belonging the people of the Offinso.
They alleged that the Offisohene misappropriated and did not account for over 2,300,000 million Ghana Cedis paid by the Ministry of Health (MoH) for some buildings owned by the people of Offinso that the Offinso state had wanted to use to build a Technical University.
They added that, another payment made by the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL) to the Offinso state for the construction of the Barekese Dam project that the elders and people wanted has not been accounted for.
The Concern Citizens of Offinso explained that the first amount of 1,850,000 million Ghana Cedis paid to the Offinso Traditional Council by the MoH to take over the building camp left behind by the management of MFS contractors came in two installments; the first 1,000,000 Ghana Cedis that was supposed to go the Traditional Council was credited to the personal Barclays Bank account of the Offinsohene on 7th, September 2011 from a Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) cheque issued by the MoH.
They added also that the MoH issued another GCB cheque of 850,000 on October 19, 2011 for the first installment, which the Offinsohene credited to his personal Barclays Bank account once again instead of the Traditional Council, making it a total of 1,850,000 million Ghana cedis.
The Concern Citizens of Offinso also alleges that reports reaching them show that Nana Wiafe Akenten III committed another act of treachery by transferring 500,000 Ghana cedis into the personal accounts of a Member of Parliament for Offinso North, Hon Collins Ntim on September 12, 2011 and another transfer of 400,000 Ghana cedis to that same MP’s account on October 21, 2011.
The group disclosed that another misappropriation scandal implicating the Offinsohene is an alleged 450,000 Ghana cedis which was paid to the Offinso Traditional Council by GWCL.
In a press released, the Concern Citizens of Offinso stated that, on the 22nd of November, 2005, the Governing Board at its 212th Regular Meeting approved a total of about 7.821,234 million Ghana Cedis of which the Offinso Traditional Council had no knowledge of how it was spent.
Speaking on the allegations on the media published by the Chronicle newspaper, Nana Wiafe Akenten, said he had paid GH¢900,000 to the Odikro of Ayensua for the benefit of the communities in the Barekese catchment area.
The Offinsohene in the report also asserted that GH¢900,000 was paid to the Member of Parliament (MP) for Offinso North, Hon A.C. Ntim as his personal contribution towards projects, including dormitories, for the Nkenkensu and Akomadan Senior High schools, because the monies accruing him from having rented it out to the National Ambulance Service to serve as Training Center, emanated from the facility in the area.
But in the press release signed by the Chairman of the Concern Citizens of Offinso Mr. Kofi Appau, the Concern Citizens of Offinso debunked an October 4, 2018 publication of the Chronicle Newspaper which stated that the Nkenkasu facility is the property of Nana Wiafe Akenten III as a person, and that the proceeds accruing from the facility are exclusively for his benefit.
The group have explained that, the Nkenkasu property was given to the traditional area through him as the Paramount Chief of the area.
The group went further to explain that the publication which further stated that in a correspondence dated 12th May, 2012 MSF Construction handed over the Nkenkasu campsite keys to Nana Wiafe Akenten III in appreciation for his support to the construction of the Kumasi Techiman highway project was basically because he served as a representative of the traditional area and that did not make him the sole owner of the property, adding that the Nkenkasu property has been sold outright to the MoH not rented as reported by the Chronicle Newspaper.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Organized Crime Office has since launch an intense investigations into the alleged embezzlement of billions Ghana cedis belonging to the people of Offinsoman by the Offinsohene.